Issue #

124

|

Volume

7

June 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail
  • The world’s largest square rigger to cruise from Britain next year
  • How the Virus Won
  • The Big Question About Your Next Cruise: Can you Get Travel Insurance?
  • New Zealand Cruise Association Calls for Domestic Restart of Cruising
  • Most Cruise Ports Remain Closed and Few are Re-Opening
  • What the QANTAS Cancellations Say About the Return of Cruise
  • Princess Cruises Pulls Majestic Princess from the Australian 2021/2022 Season
  • Norway is the New Cruise Capital of the World, says Hurtigruten

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The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail

“Data shows that there were far more cases of Covid-19 on cruise ships than have been reported, but the companies and the C.D.C. have yet to establish how the boats can come back.  W. Bradford Gary spent 10 days trapped inside a cruise ship cabin off the coast of Brazil in March while health authorities in several countries scrambled to figure out what to do with a vessel full of older people who had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus. But when faced with the question of whether he’d ever cruise again, he doesn’t hesitate. “We are very anxious to get back on board,” he said, and he believes he’s not alone: “There are people like us who want to do this.”  Mr. Gary, 70, a retired corporate executive who lives in Palm Beach, Fla., imagines the cruise ship of the near future equipped with special disinfecting ultraviolet lights and air flow contraptions commonly used in sterile laboratories. He envisions larger cabins, fewer passengers and a lot of more outdoor spaces. “We want to know everything is safe,” he said.  That is a big order.  With more than 20 million passengers a year, the $45 billion global cruise industry has a particularly vexing challenge: Its most loyal customers, older people, also happen to be the key demographic at risk for the new illness that has swept the planet, killing more than 450,000 people. Cruises also have the very things that help the coronavirus spread: large gatherings, confined spaces and workers who live in tight shared quarters.” 

Read more

 

The world’s largest square rigger to cruise from Britain next year

“With sails billowing in the wind, the world’s biggest square-rigged ship is to make its first voyages from Britain next year. Golden Horizon will carry up to 272 passengers on seven sailings from Harwich and two from Glasgow, starting in May. A round-Britain voyage will see the ship anchoring off Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for the traditional regatta fireworks display. Northern European itineraries will include Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltics.  In September next year, Golden Horizon will sail to the other side of the world, through the Suez Canal following the historic Maritime Silk Route to Jakarta and on to Bali. Itineraries in late 2021 and into 2022 will feature Australia, the Indian Ocean, Japan, Alaska, the Americas and the Pacific Islands...” 

Read more…. 

 

How the Virus Won

“Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control.  An interactive map showing how Covid-19 spread across the USA.” 

Read more

 

The Big Question About Your Next Cruise: Can you Get Travel Insurance?

“There has been, understandably, a lot of uncertainty about future travel plans. While we might be able to book a holiday for 2021 and 2022, we may not be able to get an insurance policy to ensure we feel secure. Since March 2020, many companies have suspended sales of both domestic and international travel insurance due to the Federal Government’s travel ban.  Many cruisers are in the midst of planning their 2021/22 cruise or rescheduling their cruise for next year.  If you’re one of them, and you don’t like to take off without travel insurance, you may want to consider the options before purchasing. “At this time there is limited availability in Australia of international travel insurance for future travel, where available, dates of commencement and products may differ,” says Lisa Kable communications and public relations manager of Insurance Council of Australia. Australia’s travel ban has recently extended to September 17, 2020 and many insurers say they will use the travel ban as a guideline to decide when they will resume sales of travel insurance.” 

Read more

 

New Zealand Cruise Association Calls for Domestic Restart of Cruising

“The New Zealand Cruise Association is firing back against new government restrictions in that country that ban cruise ships from local ports indefinitely, and is calling on the government to support local domestic cruising aboard small-scale luxury ships. The initiative, dubbed "Kiwi Cruising for Kiwis", was first reported by Seatrade Cruise News, which said New Zealand Cruise Association Chairman Debbie Summers and CEO Kevin O’Sullivan were quoted in a newsletter sent to stakeholders that called on the local government to develop a solution to bring domestic cruiser tourism to the country.” 

Read more

 

Most Cruise Ports Remain Closed and Few are Re-Opening

“Spain is opening its borders to overseas tourists this month – but is maintaining its ban on cruise ships calling at any Spanish port.  One of the most popular destinations for Mediterranean cruise itineraries, Spain banned cruise ships three months ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Spain played host to more than 10 million cruise passengers last year. This year numbers are expected to shrink drastically because of the ban on cruise ships due to the pandemic. Cruise ports across the world have been hard hit by COVID-19, closing their doors to international cruise ships as global lockdown forced travellers to stay home. In Australia, all cruise ports will remain closed to overseas cruise lines until September 17. Northern European ports were the first to re-open according to a survey by Cruise Europe and Cruise Britain.”  

Read more

 

What the QANTAS Cancellations Say About the Return of Cruise

“The boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce has stated publicly what many in travel have been saying in private: Australia’s major airline will not be flying internationally until July 2021. With the exception of New Zealand and a handful of other ‘travel bubble’ destinations, all international flying will be suspended unless a coronavirus vaccine is released. “We might get trans-Tasman (travel) before then, we may get other nations opening up with bubbles,” but he doesn’t expect the Qantas’ international network to restart “in any real size (until) July next year.” “We have to be realistic about it and say with what’s happening in the rest of the globe  – it is probably an extended period of time”. ”

Read more

 

Princess Cruises Pulls Majestic Princess from the Australian 2021/2022 Season

“Princess Cruises’ largest Australian based ship, Majestic Princess will be leaving our waters for America. The line, which lays claim to being Australia’s largest and most popular, announced that the ship will be sailing from Los Angeles from September 2021, through to April 2022, signaling she will not return for the Australian 2021/22 wave season. In a press statement, the line announced that Majestic Princess will be sailing to Mexico, as well as destinations along the California Coast, from her new homeport during the American fall and spring. Princess has been heavily promoting the fact that the Regal Princess and Majestic – two of the line’s newest vessels – will be here at the same time, giving Australian Princess passengers unprecedented access to its Royal class fleet. Princess Cruises would not reveal its plans for any of its other ships when asked by Cruise Passenger. 

Read more…

 

Norway is the New Cruise Capital of the World, says Hurtigruten

“Norway is the new cruise capital of the world, with Hurtigruten leading the charge having four ships sailing the Norwegian fjords and coastal voyages from this week.  The coastal sailings are open to Norwegian and Danish domestic markets, with many locals jumping at the opportunity to experience the wonders of their own coastline this summer.  When the line’s MS Finnmarken sailed from Bergen last week, it marked the world’s first ocean cruise ship to resume sailing following COVID-19 pandemic. This week, three other ships, MS Midnatsol, MS Richard With and MS Trollfjord will cruise the popular Norwegian coastal voyage."

Read more…

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter


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Issue #

124

|

Volume

7

June 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail
  • The world’s largest square rigger to cruise from Britain next year
  • How the Virus Won
  • The Big Question About Your Next Cruise: Can you Get Travel Insurance?
  • New Zealand Cruise Association Calls for Domestic Restart of Cruising
  • Most Cruise Ports Remain Closed and Few are Re-Opening
  • What the QANTAS Cancellations Say About the Return of Cruise
  • Princess Cruises Pulls Majestic Princess from the Australian 2021/2022 Season
  • Norway is the New Cruise Capital of the World, says Hurtigruten

Cover Image by:

The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail

“Data shows that there were far more cases of Covid-19 on cruise ships than have been reported, but the companies and the C.D.C. have yet to establish how the boats can come back.  W. Bradford Gary spent 10 days trapped inside a cruise ship cabin off the coast of Brazil in March while health authorities in several countries scrambled to figure out what to do with a vessel full of older people who had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus. But when faced with the question of whether he’d ever cruise again, he doesn’t hesitate. “We are very anxious to get back on board,” he said, and he believes he’s not alone: “There are people like us who want to do this.”  Mr. Gary, 70, a retired corporate executive who lives in Palm Beach, Fla., imagines the cruise ship of the near future equipped with special disinfecting ultraviolet lights and air flow contraptions commonly used in sterile laboratories. He envisions larger cabins, fewer passengers and a lot of more outdoor spaces. “We want to know everything is safe,” he said.  That is a big order.  With more than 20 million passengers a year, the $45 billion global cruise industry has a particularly vexing challenge: Its most loyal customers, older people, also happen to be the key demographic at risk for the new illness that has swept the planet, killing more than 450,000 people. Cruises also have the very things that help the coronavirus spread: large gatherings, confined spaces and workers who live in tight shared quarters.” 

Read more

 

The world’s largest square rigger to cruise from Britain next year

“With sails billowing in the wind, the world’s biggest square-rigged ship is to make its first voyages from Britain next year. Golden Horizon will carry up to 272 passengers on seven sailings from Harwich and two from Glasgow, starting in May. A round-Britain voyage will see the ship anchoring off Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, for the traditional regatta fireworks display. Northern European itineraries will include Denmark, Iceland, the Norwegian fjords and the Baltics.  In September next year, Golden Horizon will sail to the other side of the world, through the Suez Canal following the historic Maritime Silk Route to Jakarta and on to Bali. Itineraries in late 2021 and into 2022 will feature Australia, the Indian Ocean, Japan, Alaska, the Americas and the Pacific Islands...” 

Read more…. 

 

How the Virus Won

“Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control.  An interactive map showing how Covid-19 spread across the USA.” 

Read more

 

The Big Question About Your Next Cruise: Can you Get Travel Insurance?

“There has been, understandably, a lot of uncertainty about future travel plans. While we might be able to book a holiday for 2021 and 2022, we may not be able to get an insurance policy to ensure we feel secure. Since March 2020, many companies have suspended sales of both domestic and international travel insurance due to the Federal Government’s travel ban.  Many cruisers are in the midst of planning their 2021/22 cruise or rescheduling their cruise for next year.  If you’re one of them, and you don’t like to take off without travel insurance, you may want to consider the options before purchasing. “At this time there is limited availability in Australia of international travel insurance for future travel, where available, dates of commencement and products may differ,” says Lisa Kable communications and public relations manager of Insurance Council of Australia. Australia’s travel ban has recently extended to September 17, 2020 and many insurers say they will use the travel ban as a guideline to decide when they will resume sales of travel insurance.” 

Read more

 

New Zealand Cruise Association Calls for Domestic Restart of Cruising

“The New Zealand Cruise Association is firing back against new government restrictions in that country that ban cruise ships from local ports indefinitely, and is calling on the government to support local domestic cruising aboard small-scale luxury ships. The initiative, dubbed "Kiwi Cruising for Kiwis", was first reported by Seatrade Cruise News, which said New Zealand Cruise Association Chairman Debbie Summers and CEO Kevin O’Sullivan were quoted in a newsletter sent to stakeholders that called on the local government to develop a solution to bring domestic cruiser tourism to the country.” 

Read more

 

Most Cruise Ports Remain Closed and Few are Re-Opening

“Spain is opening its borders to overseas tourists this month – but is maintaining its ban on cruise ships calling at any Spanish port.  One of the most popular destinations for Mediterranean cruise itineraries, Spain banned cruise ships three months ago to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Spain played host to more than 10 million cruise passengers last year. This year numbers are expected to shrink drastically because of the ban on cruise ships due to the pandemic. Cruise ports across the world have been hard hit by COVID-19, closing their doors to international cruise ships as global lockdown forced travellers to stay home. In Australia, all cruise ports will remain closed to overseas cruise lines until September 17. Northern European ports were the first to re-open according to a survey by Cruise Europe and Cruise Britain.”  

Read more

 

What the QANTAS Cancellations Say About the Return of Cruise

“The boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce has stated publicly what many in travel have been saying in private: Australia’s major airline will not be flying internationally until July 2021. With the exception of New Zealand and a handful of other ‘travel bubble’ destinations, all international flying will be suspended unless a coronavirus vaccine is released. “We might get trans-Tasman (travel) before then, we may get other nations opening up with bubbles,” but he doesn’t expect the Qantas’ international network to restart “in any real size (until) July next year.” “We have to be realistic about it and say with what’s happening in the rest of the globe  – it is probably an extended period of time”. ”

Read more

 

Princess Cruises Pulls Majestic Princess from the Australian 2021/2022 Season

“Princess Cruises’ largest Australian based ship, Majestic Princess will be leaving our waters for America. The line, which lays claim to being Australia’s largest and most popular, announced that the ship will be sailing from Los Angeles from September 2021, through to April 2022, signaling she will not return for the Australian 2021/22 wave season. In a press statement, the line announced that Majestic Princess will be sailing to Mexico, as well as destinations along the California Coast, from her new homeport during the American fall and spring. Princess has been heavily promoting the fact that the Regal Princess and Majestic – two of the line’s newest vessels – will be here at the same time, giving Australian Princess passengers unprecedented access to its Royal class fleet. Princess Cruises would not reveal its plans for any of its other ships when asked by Cruise Passenger. 

Read more…

 

Norway is the New Cruise Capital of the World, says Hurtigruten

“Norway is the new cruise capital of the world, with Hurtigruten leading the charge having four ships sailing the Norwegian fjords and coastal voyages from this week.  The coastal sailings are open to Norwegian and Danish domestic markets, with many locals jumping at the opportunity to experience the wonders of their own coastline this summer.  When the line’s MS Finnmarken sailed from Bergen last week, it marked the world’s first ocean cruise ship to resume sailing following COVID-19 pandemic. This week, three other ships, MS Midnatsol, MS Richard With and MS Trollfjord will cruise the popular Norwegian coastal voyage."

Read more…

 

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter


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